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Negotiations on minimum wage go on

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Representatives from all parties gathered in the meeting earlier this month. Pha Lina

Negotiations on minimum wage go on

The Labour Advisory Committee – a group made up of union representatives, employers and the government – resumed negotiations on next year’s minimum wage for garment sector workers at the Ministry of Labour yesterday.

Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions president Yang Sophorn – one of the 16 unions represented in the committee – said there is still a disparity in wage figures proposed by the unions, employers and government.

Sophorn said the unions’ latest demand is $189 – a drop from last week’s $192. Meanwhile, employers only offered $176 – a mere $1 increase from their previous offer of $175.

Yet, it has still not matched the government’s proposed figure.

“This time [employers] offered $176 which is still $1 short from the government’s set figure of $177. The unions agreed to reduce [the wage] from $192 to $189.”

In the previous meeting, Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour said workers could get up to $180 with benefits.

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